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Lisle, Janet Taylor., Illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin

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ISBN 10: 0531085635 / ISBN 13: 9780531085639
Published by NY: Orchard Books, (1991), 1991
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Hard Cover. FINE in a FINE Dustjacket. FIRST EDITION. 161 pages, boards. An old fisherman leads Eric down a whirlpool to an ancient & beautiful world in the core of the earth. Author is Newbery Honor medalist. Bookseller Inventory # 07017

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Publisher: NY: Orchard Books, (1991)

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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An old fisherman leads Eric down a whirlpool to an ancient and beautiful world in the core of the Earth.

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Each of Lisle's books has been fresh, creative, and unlike its predecessors. In Afternoon of the Elves (Newbery Honor, 1990), grim reality was mitigated by a courageous child's imagination; here, fantastical creatures help convey truths that transcend the harsh realities of a world whose rituals and prejudices are all too familiar. Eric and Gullstone, the pet gull the boy keeps on a tether, live with dour Aunt Opal; as is common in their village, Eric's parents were lost at sea in one of the treacherous whirlpools. His ambition is to spear a lampfish--a magnificent, luminous creature, treasured for its bones but dangerous to catch. Before he gets his chance, he encounters old Zeke Cantrip, survivor of the most dreaded ``spout''; Cantrip's mission is to save the fish, whose beauty speaks so eloquently to Eric that he is horrified next time he witnesses the lampfish hunt's customary brutality. Cantrip takes him down the spout to ``Underwhirl,'' a paradisiacal world to which the lampfish are guides. The perilous journey home is made with the help of Gullstone, now free from Eric's protective custody. Eric himself is changed forever: like Cantrip, he has gained wisdom but become an outsider. In lyrical prose with frequent dashes of humor, an intriguing, fully realized allegorical world with vivid characters, a colorful special vocabulary--and the beguiling fish, who also appear in many of Halperin's excellent drawings. A splendid, unique fantasy. (Fiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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